10 Things Important to Me in a Job

10 Things Important in a Job

  • Remote, telecommute perhaps with a little travel
  • Challenging work that changes mysteries to solve
  • End of the day results that make a difference in the world or someone's life
  • Uses all of my skills not just a few and encourages personal and professional development through training
  • Medical dental vision insurance retirement plan optional would rather have higher pay rate and do my own investments
  • Some routine work quick simple items that gives a sense of accomplishment
  • Coworkers who are truly a team not just a functional work group
  • Fair pay for a days work and room to move upwards
  • Work family and life balance
  • Values my opinion and ideas for improvement in any area of the business functions

10 Things Important in an Employer

  • A company or organization that will be around for the long haul
  • Company with good documentation on policies and procedures that make sense to someone who is new
  • Proactive vs reactive in tech support and other operational needs
  • Technology and tech savvy team with a variety of specialty skills
  • One that cares about the people who do the work
  • Small team where the whole team has a say in who takes on what tasks
  • Manager who is not a micro manager
  • Management that understands what the workers actually do
  • Management that will pitch in with even the low level tasks
  • More than 3 yrs old and profitable

While this was originally developed several years ago, the list has not changed just which ones are most important to me. I’ve changed jobs and learned a few things.

Reverse Job Description

Everyone has to read a job description to see if you meet the qualifications of the company but what if we, as job seekers were to publish our own job descriptions? Something that defines the job we’re looking for, the company culture, boss, tasks and location we’re after. It could be something that we can add to a resume or cover letter pointing out what our criteria is and how well the company matches us for a change. It could also be an “Other Document” that can highlight how well we’ve researched our target company finding tidbits and trivia that may just be public information but still require research that is attached to an application.

Creative-Resume

I built a reverse job description several months ago based on what I dislike most about my current job and what I wanted to avoid and wanted to be doing soon. Interestingly enough, I was able to define what I want in a boss, company and job tasks that would make me happy etc. Even better a potential job is in the process of opening up that just about meets everything including location and compensation requirements, the only thing I have to do is be patient.

Here’s part of my list and even if you build a list and never publish it, it can be a very useful tool for identifying if an opportunity and company meet your criteria!

The company

  • Forward thinking
  • Profitable or high benefit to helping society or the environment with enough in funding to function well
  • Has an active future plan that includes revenue growth
  • Functions within budget
  • Includes staff in plans while forming not after choices are made
  • Actively seeks ideas and feedback from staff
  • Seeks to build not just small teams for certain functions but to bring whole group of teams into one large team demonstrating that each team has a purpose in the big picture
  • Explains the big picture and how everyone from the clerk and janitor contribute

The Boss

  • Fair but firm
  • Timely decision making - "later" is not an option nor is crossing the bridge when we get there… PROACTIVE PLANNING
  • Clear expectations and goal setting
  • Proactive work projects
  • Open door policy
  • Gets to know individuals on team including moods, likes and dislikes
  • Knows enough to do anyone's job for a few days

The Job

  • Short, medium and long term project based
  • Variety of assignments
  • Set goals for each project with clear expectations of deliverables and timelines
  • Variety of new software to learn
  • Opportunity to teach and learn
  • Primarily computer based in software or programming or writing

Compensation

  • $35+/hr ($60k+/yr)
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Team getaways specifically to get to know other teams
  • Continuing education or conferences

Location

  • Remote
  • If remote then flexible work hours based on timezones
  • Mat-Su Valley of Alaska

What I want

  • Computer based tracking systems that are up to date
  • Research and learning are highly encouraged
  • Support with projects when needed
  • Any down time can be used for classes and learning
  • Freedom to prioritize work within reason
  • Variety of tasks that make a difference
  • Ability to see where my work fits in
  • Short productive meetings
  • Tools to keep in touch such as chat and message boards in addition to email
  • Cross training in other teams and other jobs with or without the background for the job
  • Mobile tools for use when needed
  • Helps others mutually supportive
  • Power to do experiment and mess up within reason
  • Computer that has the power to keep up with multitasking

What do you think?

Where Hobbies & Career Meet

Just a few things that excite me, light me up, that I truly enjoy and where they cross the boundaries from Hobby to potential Career. There’s a lot more than this but charts and graphs can only handle so much information!

 

Please Perform the Following Miracle

I am generally known as a “Miracle Worker” who can get insane amounts of tasks completed. As a joke I was left with a hand drawn version of this on my desk one day and so decided to turn it into a sheet of 4 that I could print. I left them on the corner of my desk and would find notes from co-workers, supervisors and other managers from time to time which would always make me smile!

miracle notes

Where do I or have I used these programs?

CMS: WordPress, Drupal, Dreamweaver,  Joomla

 WordPress, install via cpanel and manually via FTP. Configure basic settings, install theme and plugins. Troubleshoot conflicts and custom changes to HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP researching for additional information as needed. Total current number of sites is 14 with subdomains. I personally use Infinite WordPress to manage updates, themes, plugins and backups.

 

Samples Collage

Prior to using WordPress for all of the sites I used Joomla or Drupal as well as hand coding in HTML CSS and using Dreamweaver for development. I currently use VS Code for all my hand coded sites and work.

Databases: Azure, SharePoint, MMIS, DS3, Citrix, Access, Enterprise, COGNOS, MYSQL, PHPMyAdmin, CPanel

The robust Azure & SharePoint system used by Microsoft in combination with Excel and Power BI was a great system to work with for modifying accounts and tracking data. 

Citrix was a database that was used to track various types of data for the clients that Nine Star served.

 

web management 2020

 

DS3 is the main database currently in use with Senior and Disability Services but it is in the process of being replaced. DS3 originally was a Cold Fusion based system but has migrated to a .NET framework.  The replacement system is named Harmony and went live in the winter of 2018.

 MMIS or Medicaid Medical Information System has been replaced by Enterprise and is a good system that Harmony will eventually interface with. This system’s report manager, COGNOS provides a robust system to track data.

Graphic Art Suites: Corel Draw, Inscape, Gimp, Paint Shop Pro, Visio, Star UML, Dia, Freemind

Battle Plan

The Corel Draw Suite is a main tool for my drafting and design work for sewing patterns and technical writing. Inkscape is the Open Source version of it and is used to do various drawings in .svg formats.

Umls are used to diagram processes in Visio and Star Uml.

One of my main tools is Freemind, Freeplane and now Scapple for mind mapping ideas and outlining books.

Office Suites: Office 365, Master Certified Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office 95-2016, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft SharePoint 2007-2016, OneNote, Open Office, Adobe Pro, Adobe DC

I use or have used all of these office suites heavily. They are the main stay of my workflows.

I am certified in MS Office and have continued my education using State of Alaska Trainings for SharePoint eventually earning the respect of the IT administration team and 

open-office

granted my own sandbox to work in as well as full control over the Provider Certification Unit site and the Division’s Archiving site.

I used OneNote to compile a reference manual of all of the procedures for the Certification unit.

Word and Excel were used heavily to do mail merges as well as many other tasks including checklists and data tracking as well as graphs and charts for reports up to the Federal level.

Adobe Pro was used to “jailbreak” documents into Word and Excel, date stamp incoming certification applications and many other tasks including as a pivotal tool in a massive mail merge. I also used it to create the Certification Application and add fill in fields to ensure that applications were legible and data entry was accurate.

This is but a small portion of the variety of software and tools I use or have used on a daily basis. The list could go on and on!

Copiers & Technical Issues

I worked as support for a the Certification & Compliance/Quality Assurance Unit for the State of Alaska. During my time there the repair techs for the copiers and other equipment were gracious enough to give me lessons in reading codes and handling a variety of basic issues. They also helped me understand which codes were necessary to call repair for and which I could fix. 

When I started the copiers were very old and not under warranty as well as continuously breaking down as a result there were many calls for repair which were roughly $400-600 per visit plus parts.

I spent an afternoon once fixing 3 of the same old model copiers. After I had exhausted my knowledge and every trick I could Google I informed Admin that copiers would get 3 tries for me to fix them and then I’d have them call for repair. They were shocked that I’d been willing to work so hard to keep the office running and readily agreed to my three strikes rule.  I saved the state thousands of dollars because I was willing to take the time to patiently work out issues and fix as many things as I could.

The latest copier was under a warranty lease and repair calls were no longer expensive however were still some old copiers and other older equipment in the building and the techs still sought me out to see what I might know and especially if I knew where the latest stash of supplies might be.

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